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Mother’s Day Special: Parveena Ahengar, Mouj of Kasheer

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Mir Seeneen


As rightly said by Abraham Lincoln, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Mother’s love shapes cultures and individuals. The profession of motherhood is all about influence. She is an epitome of selfless love. No one can underestimate the power of a mother’s love which results into  a valuable perfect home.

Well, this was just like the vocabulary of amateurish articles.
But eloquently, this Mothers’ Day is dedicated to all the mothers, particularly the ones of this conflict ridden zone. Kashmir, rightly being called as the Land of Martyrs, is a locale where a bud is buried before fluorescence. Being a mother in this very part of the world is a challenge in itself. You never know when will your highly pampered and cherished florets wither, without even bidding you an kosher adieu.

One such mother is the Iron Lady of Kashmir, Parveena Ahanger, a middle aged woman, whose sixteen year old son, Javed, an eleventh class student was abducted from home by NSG(National Security Guards) during a raid on their house, located in the Batamaloo area of Srinagar on 18th August 1990. That fateful day changed the entire kismet of her and that of her family. She founded an organization, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in 1994 to provide support and aid to the kindred families and is performing a laudable task by assisting all those families to counter the stumbling blocks. She has been demanding the ratification of the International Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances since a triplet of decades.

Parveena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 and has been bestowed with many other awards over the years. She was nominated by the prestigious Indian media Channel CNN IBN for a coveted award which she rejected on account of the deceit approach adopted by Indian media over the pain and tragedies of Kashmiris. Recently she was awarded Norway’s Rafto Prize 2017 for her extensive human rights campaigning. She, along with the human rights lawyer, Parvez Imroz adressed an international conference in Bergen and stressed upon the civilised world to help the oppressed people in Jammu & Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. She broke down during her speech and insisted that the voices of the Kashmiris are not being heard despite decades of struggle and sacrifice for right to self determination as promised to them.

A 2009 report published by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir (IPTK) reported the number of Enforced Disappearances to be more than 8,000. Successive ruling parties in Kashmir have also well acknowledged all those enforced disappearances. However, there has never been any attempt to allow the law to take its course and conduct independent inquiries into the cases. Even today, on the tenth day of every month, dozens of people gather together in Pratab Park, Lal Chowk in Srinagar in demand of justice for all those families whose relatives are the victims of enforced disappearances.

Parveena Ahanger is the daughter of the soil and is an inspiration for many women of Kashmir, and has kept the candle of hope alive for all the families who are longing for the return of their dear ones since long years.

She is, in real sense, the Mouj of Kashmir!

(Author is a 17 year old Pen Holder from Srinagar and can be reached at mirseeneen44@gmail.com.)

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